Could Hunter Biden be facing serious legal troubles?
It’s increasingly looking that way.
According to recent reports, the president’s son could be charged with several counts of tax crimes and also with having lied on an application for a gun license. Are these the crimes of the century? Not even close. But they aren’t nothing, either. And Hunter Biden is, after all, the son of the president of the United States.
If the reports are true, and if officials decide to move forward in charging the younger Biden with crimes, it would be an astonishing turn of events, no matter your political leanings.
This isn’t the sort of thing that happens just every day. But it is, most fundamentally, the sort of thing that can happen only in a well-functioning democracy.
In lands led by despots, of course, the offspring of the rulers are free from worry, free to shun the law, free to do as they please, knowing as they go about their business that they are in permanent possession of a free pass that was issued by daddy.
But in the United States, where it’s often said that no individual is above the law, the rules are supposed to apply to everyone. If Hunter Biden is guilty of tax- and gun-related crimes, he shouldn’t skate just because his father is president.
That said, opinions of the younger Biden’s travails will largely be predictable, falling out along partisan lines. If it seems he’s about to be criminally charged, a great many Democrats will downplay his supposed deeds and look for ways to sully those heading the probe. And at the same time, Republicans will celebrate.
A word to the wise should be sufficient: Consider how you’d feel if the shoe were on the other foot. Or, put another way, if you are going to argue that Hunter Biden should be criminally charged if that’s where the evidence leads, then be ready to make that same argument if prosecutors appear poised to charge Donald Trump. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander and all of that. And arguments that we are a nation of laws and not of individuals don’t magically fly right out the window when the one who is about to face the music is from the other political party, the one you generally support.